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OPINION: Euthanize Children?

“Euthanize children,” you say? According to a report by lifenews.com, Belgium’s Senate has approved legislation that would allow doctors to euthanize children with a triumphant “yes!” Although the bill still has to pass Belgium’s other legislative chamber, their House of Representatives, many expect the bill to sail through and become law. Belgium already has fairly liberal euthanasia laws on its books for adults and its legislature has been debating a “humane” extension to the law to children for quite some time. If Belgium…

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David Gowdy and YAF on “Jefferson and Madison’s Guide to the Constitution”

Right-leaning Americans, ranging from establishment Republicans to Tea Partiers and libertarians, have often called for a return to Constitutional principles. As head of the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute, however, J. David Goudy believed that even the most ardent enthusiast of the Framers still had much to learn, given the selective nature of historical transmission. Speaking on November 21 to the University of Virginia’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), Goudy based his lecture in the Rotunda on the Institute’s official guide to the…

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Dr. Nigel Ashford on “Human Rights: What They Are and What They Are Not”

From the war in Syria to the struggle for gay equality, political activists have invoked diverse causes in the name of human rights. As various cultures disagree on the nature of a just society, however, finding a universal definition for these rights seems more illusory than ever in a globalized age.

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Go PPL

The annual Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPL) admissions information session will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. in Gibson 141. PPL is a major with a formal description along the lines of the following: “The program provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to pursue intensive study of the connections between political philosophy and legal theory, legal thought and historical change, law and public policy.” I can assure you it is much more than this. Although many are…

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Class Recommendation: History of Early American Law

Classes are up for the Spring semester, and I have a suggestion. During my second year (I am a fourth year now), I took History of Early American Law (HIUS 3752) with Professor Charles McCurdy. This class and the History of Modern American Law, also taught by McCurdy, are two of the best classes I have taken at UVA. You learn vast amounts in every lecture. You will never stop writing during class. The reading is not unmanageable, but it is challenging. Each of the two midterms is…

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In The Interest of Law

On February 14th, I attended a panel for those interested in law school. I found the evening most worthwhile, and I received quite a few valuable pieces of advice for law school. As is the case with undergraduate education, it is important to visit the schools in which you are interested in attending in order to narrow down the list.  It is also important to apply early and tailor your application towards the school you are applying to. One big difference between…

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A Shameless Plug for the Distinguished Major program in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

The PPL program is an interdisciplinary major in which students design their own course of study for their B.A. degree, potentially choosing courses from a variety of departments.  There are two courses under the PPL heading that all PPL students take together.  The First is the gateway course: Morality, Law, and the State.  In this class students are exposed many viewpoints on topics in philosophy, policy, economics, and law.  Because the class is discussion based, students learn about the views held by…

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